Consider the Breed when Assessing Vertebral Heart Score in Dogs

Veterinary Cardiology Tip Consider the breed when assessing vertebral heart score in dogs. Thoracic radiography often provides the first glimpse of cardiac structures in dogs being evaluated for potential heart disease.  Though an important diagnostic tool, the mostly subjective nature of radiographic review poses a challenge when evaluating the heart.  Subjective impressions of heart size can be influenced by the relationship between the cardiac silhouette and the surrounding lung fields, with smaller lung fields contributing to an…

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Evaluation of an Intra-Articular Synthetic Ligament for Treatment of Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease In Dogs: A Six-Month Prospective Clinical Trial

Summary Objective: Evaluate the short-term outcomes of a novel synthetic ligament for treatment of naturally occurring canine cranial cruciate ligament disease. Study design: Prospective clinical study. Animals: Dogs with unilateral cranial cruciate ligament disease (n = 50). Methods: Patient parameters evaluated included a five-point lameness score, evaluation of craniocaudal stifle instability, and radiographic findings over 24 weeks. Any postoperative complications were recorded. Results: Thirty-four out of 42 dogs experienced significant improvements…

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Lessons Learned from Using Apoquel in Dogs

Apoquel has been more consistently available during the past year affording the opportunity to appreciate where best to consider its use. Apoquel has been effective in managing pruritus in the majority of patients treated with approximately 80% demonstrating excellent response within 48 to 72 hours of treatment with b.i.d. dosing. Some patients will develop a significant degree of pruritus near the end of the 24-hour dosing period when the dose is reduced to once daily.

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